SHERIDAN, WY— The United States Forest Service has granted Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area a 5-year Ski Area Term Special Use Permit. The permit authorizes Antelope Butte to offer numerous year-round services, including:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding activities
  • Downhill ski, Nordic ski and snowboard rentals
  • Grooming of ski runs
  • Nordic area grooming and marking
  • Tubing hill on west side of conveyor lift
  • Rental of yurt facility for group events
  • Rental of festival grounds for summer events
  • Scenic summer chairlift rides

“We are grateful to the US Forest Service for their support, especially our main liaison Natural Resource Specialist Travis Fack,” says John Kirlin, Executive Director of the Antelope Butte Foundation. “Receiving a five-year permit recognizes ABF’s growing credibility, and means we don’t need to reapply every year. We look forward to welcoming the community to Antelope Butte this summer for events like Brewfest on June 29th and the Summer Festival on the weekend of July 19th to the 21st. Our 11,000-square-foot main lodge will also be available to host events and groups, once the renovations are complete.” A capital campaign is currently underway to fund the reopening of the lodge.

Of the 473 downhill ski areas in the U.S., 122 operate under special use permit on National Forest System lands. About one-half of all U.S. skier/snowboarder visits occur at ski areas that are located at least partially on NFS land. (Source: USFS)

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